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Japanese Soaking Tubs for Home

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For centuries, the Japanese have enjoyed a relaxing ritual of steaming in neck-high water at the end of each day. Like other aspects of Japanese design, this simple yet harmonious custom has become popular the world over, as extra-deep soaking tubs are incorporated into modern bathrooms and backyards. Here's how it's done.

The bathroom includes a walk-in tub.
This family in Switzerland asked for a removable seat when they ordered an extra thick tub from Bartok Design, owned by...
Tubs can be partly sunk for easier access, as in this tub from Zen BathWorks.
The Japanese-style bathroom, which is clad in teak, features a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood.
Close to Lake Tahoe, Roberts Hot Tubs built this teak tub to take advantage of stunning views, positioning it next to a...
A soaking tub satisfies both “bath people” and “shower people” as bathers wash outside the tub, then soak in clean,...
The Lais designed their house to be theirs forever.
The master bath features a freestanding bathtub and elegantly curved spout.
Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling.
The lower terrace, which features a hot tub, is farther down the hill to immerse its users in the landscape.
The main draw of Fukasawa's hut: a bathroom featuring a large, Japanese-style tub with a view.
At the opposite end of the house, the soaking tub gets almost daily use.
More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates...
Japanese showers are usually set low down so the bather can sit on a stool and scrub, then pour cedar buckets of hot...
The custom cedar tub, fabricated by Dovetail, elegantly fits into the master bathroom.
Parallelogram-shaped stone slabs line the walkway to the hot tub.
Custom shoji-inspired screens of Roberts’s design conceal the closet and extend to provide privacy for the adjacent...
Nighttime hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub where Smith soaks his feet: two nested Hastings galvanized...
The master bathroom departs from the cool tones used throughout the house in favor of warmer, neutral-toned marble...
Designing two narrow bathrooms–one with an encroaching concrete retaining wall—required major creativity.
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